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Environmental Causes of Disease? Simple Ways To Eliminate Pesticide/Toxins from Your Body!

Environmental causes of disease.

One of the primary perpetrators? Pesticides. Pesticides are continuously used in today’s farming methods. With the thousands of pesticides in use today, it’s easy to think there’s nothing you can do to safeguard yourself. But a study conducted at Emory University in 2008 paints a much more positive picture.

Researchers recruited Seattle-area school children for a year-long study.1 The study looked at the role of dietary produce in pesticide exposure. When the study began, the children were eating traditionally grown fruits and vegetables. Based on urine samples, all the children had considerable levels of one type of pesticide, organophosphorus pesticides (OP). Researchers chose to look at OPs because they’re so extensively used today.

During the course of the experiment, the children were given organic produce for one to two weeks instead. After eating organic instead of conventional produce for just five days, the results were spectacular. There were no detectible residues in the children’s urine. When they changed back to conventional produce, OP levels rose again. The switch was repeated several times during the year. The results were consistent; after just a few days of consuming organic instead of traditional fruits and vegetables, pesticide levels were no longer detectable.

References:
Lu C, Barr DB, Pearson MA, Waller LA. Dietary intake and its contribution to longitudinal organophosphorus pesticide exposure in urban/suburban children. Environ Health Perspect 2008; 116: 537-542.

Additional Environmental Causes of Disease
The primary ingredient in Simple Green is 2-butoxyethanol, a possible human carcinogen specifically prohibited in certified green products. When used at full strength, this product released 93 air contaminants, the second highest number released by any product tested.

The ” Simple-Green” is not so simple after all. I hope this doesn’t surprise anyone because it was published a while back that most of the so called “green-products” were not really green.

How embarrassing does it get?

I am disgusted! This information is from Environmental Working group. Be sure and read the whole thing… read what they say about the product at the bottom of the post or better yet… go to the website at http://www.ewg.org/schoolcleaningsupplies/cleaningsuppliesoverview?id=209

Consumers like you have the right to know what’s in your cleaning supplies. As little as $5 can help EWG continue important research just like this.

Simple Green Concentrated Cleaner/ Degreaser/ Deodorizer
The primary ingredient in Simple Green is 2-butoxyethanol, a possible human carcinogen specifically prohibited in certified green products. When used at full strength, this product released 93 air contaminants, the second highest number released by any product tested.

Made by: Sunshine Makers / Sunshine Makers, Inc.
Green Certification: None

Ingredients
Disclosed on the bottle label: No ingredients were disclosed on the label.

Claims
Concentrated, all-purpose cleaner. Non-toxic. Biodegradable, and safer alternative to toxic cleaners, solvents and bleaches. Removes grease, oil carbon, dirt, pet stains, coffee and juice stains, lipstick, food, soil, wet nail polish, soap scum, inks, crayon, blood, smoke, soot, adhesives, chocolate, and much more from any washable, indoor/outdoor household surface. Saves you money- Bottle can make 5 gallons of general cleaner. Product is safe and non-toxic for general health. Bottle 100% recyclable.

Warnings
Irritant. May Irritate eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eye contact. Mild eye irritation after contact may occur associated with polyethyleneglycol ether derivatives. Use in well ventilated areas. Individual with with sensitive skin should take appropriate precautions. Do not dispose of degreasing rinseates into or near storm drains, oceans, lakes or streams.

93 Air Contaminants Detected
1 Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer

Concerns of the chemicals detected
Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
1 Chemicals cause asthma FORMALDEHYDE
3 Chemicals on California’s Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicity FORMALDEHYDE, ACETALDEHYDE, ALLYLANISOLE
3 Chemicals linked to cancer 2-BUTOXYETHANOL, FORMALDEHYDE, ACETALDEHYDE
0 Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity
2 Chemicals that disrupt hormones ETHYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOL
1 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system PHENOL
No Corrosive concentrate or dangerous pH

The chemicals detected
Chemical: EWG’s Skin Deep Toxicity Score: Disclosed / Detected: Further Toxic Concerns noted in EWG’s Skin Deep database (2009):
FORMALDEHYDE 10 detected Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes
PHENOL #† 9 detected Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Violations, restrictions & warnings, Neurotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
ACETALDEHYDE 9 detected Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
PROPYLENE GLYCOL # 7 detected Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption
2-BUTOXYETHANOL # 6 detected and disclosed Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Violations, restrictions & warnings, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
BUTYL ALCOHOL # 6 detected Violations, restrictions & warnings, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
LIMONENE # 6 detected Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
ETHYLENE GLYCOL #† 5 detected Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOETHYL ETHER, METHOXYETHANOL), Occupational hazards
BENZALDEHYDE # 5 detected Neurotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
DIETHYLENE GLYCOL MONOETHYL ETHER # 4 detected Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
PROPIONALDEHYDE 4 detected Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
OCTANAL #† 3 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
EUCALYPTOL ** 2 detected none identified
ALLYLANISOLE # 2 detected Cancer, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
alpha-PINENES # 2 detected Persistence and bioaccumulation, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
DECANE # 1 detected none identified
PROPYLENE GLYCOL BUTYL ETHER # 1 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
BUTYL FORMATE ** 1 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
BUTYRALDEHYDE # 1 detected Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
DIPROPYL KETONE ** 1 detected Occupational hazards
DIHYDROANETHOLE * 1 detected none identified
DODECANE # 1 detected Persistence and bioaccumulation, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
HEXADECANE # 1 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
PENTADECANE # 1 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
MYRCENE # 1 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
TETRADECANE # 1 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
TRIDECANE # 1 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
gamma-TERPINENE ** 1 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
TERPINOLENE ** 1 detected Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
PROPANE, 1-(ETHENYLOXY)-2-METHYL * 1 detected none identified
BENZENE, 1-ETHYL-4-METHYL (4-ETHYLTOLUENE) # 1 detected none identified
HEXENAL, 2-ETHYL- * 1 detected none identified

Laboratory Data Qualifiers
#† Denotes quantified using multipoint authentic standard curve (post-calibration). Other VOCs quantified relative to toluene.
# Indicates AQS database match with a probability greater than 99%.
**** Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 95%.
*** Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 90%.
** Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 85%.
* Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 80%.

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And that was just one supposedly “green” product. I haven’t even touched on all the traditional cleaners out there that are NOT considered “green”. There are health solutions to better, safer products than the so called “traditional” types of household cleaners.
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One thing is apparent. We just are not aware enough concerning the health problems of the countless amounts of chemicals in extensive use today. Here’s why:

Over 80,000 artificial chemicals are approved to be used in the united states. Items include pesticides, fertilizers, plastics, paints, coatings, fire retardants, and also oil dispersants (Gulf oil spill, anyone?).

Just a few hundred of the 80,000 chemicals are actually tested for safety.

Numerous chemicals used today are known and suspected carcinogens. Carcinogen means cancer causing.

Even with this identified poisoning, the vast majority of chemicals remain unregulated.

Chemicals generally are studied for safety individually. This tells us nothing at all about the harm to health that may result from being exposed to multiple chemicals at once.

Additionally, single chemical testing doesn’t represent reality. All of us are exposed to dozens, and even hundreds, of chemicals at a time.

What little regulating oversight that does exist for these chemicals uses the platform that chemicals are safe unless proven otherwise. This is one time when “innocent until proven guilty” is not a wise strategy.

Exposure to chemicals while pregnant and childhood is extremely damaging to health.

Unfortunately, over 300 chemicals is found in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies. We are all “pre-contaminated.”

Simple measures, Big Payoff

Hence the cat is out of the bag. We are all subjected to countless potentially toxic chemicals from the day we are conceived to the day we die. There is some good news in this otherwise grim picture. Based on the PCP report1, several simple, but effective measures can significantly reduce our contact with synthetic chemicals along with other environmental hazards.

Whenever possible, eat foods grown without fertilizers, pesticides, and growth hormones the vast majority of time.

Store drinking water in stainless steel or bisphenol-A (BPA) free containers.

Microwave foods only in ceramic or glass containers, not plastic. Do not put very hot foods into plastic containers.

Choose foods, home and garden products, and toys in a way that minimizes your child’s exposure to potentially toxic substances.

Filter your drinking water. Use bottled water only if tap water is known to be contaminated with substances or microbes that are not filtered out.

Avoid secondhand tobacco smoke in the home, car, restaurants, bars, stores, and other public places.

Avoid exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and known or suspected carcinogens when planning to get pregnant and throughout pregnancy. This includes BPA, a known endocrine disruptor.

Properly get rid of household chemicals, paints, cleaning supplies and other materials.

Make informed decisions about products you purchase and use. Visit Household Products Database , a service of the National Institutes of Health, and the Environmental Working Group’s Health and Toxics Database . These resources offer an abundance of information to assist you to make healthier choices in your every day life.

When a job exposes you to chemicals, remove shoes before entering your house. Wash your work clothes separately from the family’s regular laundry to minimize kids’ exposure.

Check radon levels in the home. Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate in confined spaces, such as basements. Exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer-related deaths in non-smokers.

Make certain your health care provider keeps accurate records of medical tests that may result in harmful exposures, such as radiation from x-rays or scans. If these records aren’t being kept, keep them yourself. With this information, you can make better decisions about the benefits and risks of medical tests.

Wear a headset when using a cell phone, text instead of calling, and keep calls brief.

Avoid ultraviolet light by applying sunscreen and proper sun-protective clothing. Never use tanning beds.

Conflict Dispute

Despite what appears a slam dunk on environmental hazards and cancer, this report is not without dispute. Michael Thun, MD, a respected physician and epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society points out that there is no doubt that environmental pollution is of profound importance to human health and the health of the planet. But he fears that the report may minimize the focus on other known, modifiable causes of cancer that currently offer the best opportunity for cancer prevention.2

The scientific evidence most solidly supports the major causes of cancer as being tobacco use, obesity, alcohol, infections, hormones, and sunlight. According to Thun, the report implies that pollutants are the major cause of cancer, but this is far from a settled issue.2

Go that one step further

The best approach is to hedge your bets in all areas of cancer and other disease prevention. It makes sense to take the precautions (detailed above) presented by the PCP. But it also makes a whole lot of sense to tackle the things we can control in our daily lives.

There is no doubt that obesity is a leading cause of cancer and other chronic diseases in this country. Make your body a priority and make sure you’re not among the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight and obese. Exercising regularly is another known cancer prevention technique, so lace up those sneakers and get moving. Always avoid tobacco in any form.

And don’t forget about food. Simply put, the right foods can be used to your advantage to “cancer-proof” and disease-proof your lifestyle. Plant foods are your ticket to detoxifying from a toxic lifestyle. By plant foods I mean the vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, peas, nuts and seeds free from toxins/pesticides. From antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, to the nutrients known to aid with detoxification, plant foods are a must.

References

President’s Cancer Panel 2008-2009 Annual Report. Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk. What We Can Do Now. Available at http://pcp.cancer.gov/. Accessed May 24, 2010.
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Nelson R. President’s Cancer Panel: Environmental Cancer Risk Underestimated. Medscape Oncology. Accessed June 1, 2010. Available at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/721766.

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Warmly,
Connie Clark
303-770-3180

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